Michelle Bellino is an Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at the University of Michigan School of Education.
Her research centers on young people’s understanding of historical injustice, whether experienced directly or shaped through school curriculum, family narratives, or social movements. In her work, she traces youth experiences from schools to their homes and communities in order to understand how knowledge and attitudes toward historical injustice travel across public and private spaces, as well as between generations. She asks how young people construct the past while shaping an evolving sense of themselves as local and global civic actors. Bellino is committed to exploring the relationship between historical consciousness and civic development in conflict-affected and post-conflict contexts undergoing transitional justice or democratic transition. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she has carried out ethnographic and interview-based research in Guatemala, Afghanistan, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently she is engaged in a youth participatory action research project aimed at exploring the role of formal education for refugees living in Kenya. Her work has been featured in Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice; International Journal of History Teaching, Learning, and Research; International Journal of Social Education; and several collections on history education and human rights. She has been selected as a Peace Scholar by the United States Institute of Peace; a Concha Delgado Gaitan Presidential Fellow by the Council of Anthropology and Education; and a Gail P. Kelly Dissertation Award recipient by the Comparative and International Education Society for her work on equity and social justice in international contexts.